Don’s Top 10 From June 21, 1984
Back into the mists of time! It’s Thursday, June 21, 1984, and these were the biggest local hits.amazon.com
“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
(#4 last week) Maybe the oddest couple in pop music history, but somehow it worked. Written by Albert Hammond of “It Never Rains In Southern California” fame. The song was covered by dozens of artists, most recently, believe it or not, by Alanis Morissette. Yes, she changed “Girls” to “Boys”.
“Sister Christian” by Night Ranger
(#9 last week) Ranked #2 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Hits Of The 80s”. It was written and sung by the band’s drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. There was some debate over the term “motoring”. Apparently, it was meant to mean “cruising”, in the romantic sense.
“Self Control” by Laura Branigan
(#10 last week) This video was partially filmed in New Jersey & was considered so steamy that MTV demanded cuts before they would air it. I met Laura at a radio event & can tell you she was very sweet & friendly. A shame we lost her so young (a decade ago; in her sleep from a brain aneurysm).
“Hello” by Lionel Richie
(#5 last week) Nowadays, this video would be politically incorrect, I think. Oh, Professor Lionel! Your student is YOUR STUDENT, and about 15 years younger. I do like the Brooklyn references, though.
“The Reflex” by Duran Duran
(#6 last week) Remixed for the single by Nile Rodgers of Chic & “Get Lucky” fame. I wish all the records that start with fade-ins didn’t. Songs should BLAST onto the radio, like the way “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” does. Just my preference. I like the rest of this, though.
“Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
(#7 last week) One of the song’s co-writers, Bill Cuomo, performed the keyboard riff on “Oh Sherrie,” and was the musician that was also responsible for the keyboard riff on Kim Carnes’ most famous song, “Bette Davis Eyes”…..2014 update: After 20 years, Perry recently sang his hits in a surprise appearance at a concert by a group called The Eels. Your many fans hope for more, Steve!
“Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
(#8 last week) This is quickly shaping up to be Bruce’s biggest single, & the album it’s from, “Born In The USA”, is even bigger: it debuts at #1` this week. It was the last song recorded for the album, because producer/manager Jon Landau wanted a sure fire hit single. hard to believe, it even got club play, & the 12-inch single was the year’s biggest! BTW, it’s funny how at first, so many fans thought a then-unknown Courteney Cox was an actual fan at an actual concert!
“Borderline” by Madonna
(#3 last week) On Time Magazine’s Top 100 Songs Of All Time list. Wow. Good song, but, really? I wouldn’t rank it in my personal Madonna top 10. Good video, certainly. With the video, Madonna was credited for breaking the taboo of interracial romances & was considered one of her defining moments.
“Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams
(#1 last week; was #1 for 1 week) Music from “Footloose”. Deniece attended college in hopes of becoming a registered nurse & a anesthetist but dropped out after 18 months to pursue her singing career. In recent years, she’s concentrated on gospel music.
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Cyndi’s biggest national hit, this was covered by dozens of other artists, even including jazz great Miles Davis.This video, which featured many of Cyndi’s friends & family, was mainly filmed in New Jersey, in Morristown, Wharton & Roxbury, at the now-closed Tom’s Diner.